Incumbent Edmonds City Councilmember Diane Buckshnis announced Monday she has received the Sierra Club’s endorsement in her bid to retain council position 4.
Buckshnis, a retired banker who was appointed to the council in January 2o1o following the death of Councilmember Peggy Pritchard Olson, is facing two opponents in the Aug. 16 primary: Bob Wilcox, recently retired from Wilcox Construction, and technology engineer Tad Helke.
In the endorsement, the Sierra Club noted that Buckshnis has advanced “a number of progressive initiatives that further Edmonds’ “brand” as a sustainable community. In particular, the club noted her work to have the Edmonds Marsh designated as a Watershed Resource Inventory Area 8, which will expedite funding for marsh restoration. In addition, the Sierra Club cited her support for a variety of environment initiatives while sitting on the council, including the community solar project on the Frances Anderson Center roof, the first community-owned solar cooperative in Washington state; the Complete Streets Ordinance; Sustainable Works; New Energy Cities; additional electric-vehicle charging outlets and other measures to reduce carbon emissions.